Monday, November 07, 2005

A deee-luxe apartment in the sky

Well we're movin' on up
To the East Side
To a deee-luxe apartment in the sky
Movin' on up
To the East Side
We finally got a piece of the pie

There are many things we may associate with this song: Insubordinate maids. Women named Weezie. Perpetually flummoxed 50-ish white men who have managed to snag improbably stylish and svelte wives despite the fact that the small, angry guy next door calls them "honky" all the time.

But I just don't see how this song has anything to do with the Boondocks comic strip becoming a TV show.

There must be some connection, right? After all, the Reader headlined its cover story about the strip with the phrase "Movin' On Up." Unless they're referencing the (excellent) song by The M People, I assume they're trying to make some connection to The Jeffersons here. But I just don't see it. Has creator Aaron McGruder acquired a deee-luxe apartment in the sky? Did he once own a drycleaning chain? It's a puzzle.

Wait, could it have something to do with the fact that he's bl -- Naaaaaah. Even the Reader 's editors couldn't possibly be that reductionist.

Guess it will have to remain a mystery.

(Also, what the heck is up with bridge of that song? Remember, it goes:

Fish don't fry in the kitchen
Beans don't burn on the grill
Took a whole lot of tryin'
Just to get up that hill

What do fish and beans have to do with the case? Is it that you need no longer subsist on fish and beans now that you're living in a deee-luxe apartment in the sky? Or maybe the kitchen is better equipped, with a high-end grease fan, so you don't have to put up with the odors of frying and burning? GAAAH! I don't GET it!)


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1:36 AM  
Blogger blueorigami said...

I as well hate the Reader. It totally sucks

12:14 PM  
Blogger ryerson said...

What did the Boondocks becoming a TV show have to do with Chicago, anyway? Weren't there any criminals to profile that week?

12:44 AM  
Anonymous TrippleHalf said...

Yea, but, Arron Macgruder's entire carreer rests on the fact that his feckless middleclass parlor radicalism appeals to white hipsters. Its not as if the cartoon is funny, nor is it compelling in any other way.

No, its that Macgruder fits right there in the cellphone pocket of your german messenger bag. Prgressives see and hear him and think to themselves, "Now, that's a black guy who's read most of A Peoples' History of the U.S., just like me. And he's not so ferile looking that I fear him stealing my girlfriend!"

In the meantime, does any of that enlightened mindset (e.g.: "BUSH IS TEH HITTLERR!!!") ever make it into any of his strips?

4:40 PM  
Blogger spiky said...

Ferile? You mean, feral? I'm honestly curious here.

11:11 AM  
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